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23/05/2011

Atlantic Productions Reveals Groundbreaking Dinosaur Theory In Documentary Special

Atlantic Productions has worked with partners including Discovery Channel and FremantleMedia Enterprises to produce a special called Dino Gangs.
The film follows world-renowned dinosaur expert Dr Phil Currie, on his quest to prove his groundbreaking theory that tyrannosaur dinosaurs lived and hunted in gangs.
The film will be screened in the UK by Discovery Channel on Sunday, June 26.
The fin uses cutting-edge technology, and brand new science to follow Dr Currie from the dinosaur graveyards of the Gobi Desert to the wilds of the African Kalahari, looking to answer the ultimate question about tyrannosaur dinosaurs and reveal extraordinary insights into a world that vanished more than 65 million years ago - a world in which the tyrannosaurs were king. This is brought to life through the use of stunning CGI created by the award-winning visual effects studio ZOO.
Dr Currie has long believed that tyrannosaurs were cooperative pack animals and he now has further evidence to support the theory. Throughout the film, he enlists revolutionary technology to analyse tyrannosaur fossils and CT scans of the tyrannosaur skill to discover how they developed, reveal how big their brains were, and whether they really did have the intelligence and finely tuned senses to hunt in organised packs.
Anthony Geffen, CEO and Executive Producer, Atlantic Productions, said: "Dino Gangs is an incredible film that will change the way we see these predators forever. Tyrannosaurs are the one group of dinosaurs that everyone's heard of, but until now we've understood remarkably little about their behaviour. The finds in the Gobi Desert, combined with the new technology to analyse them, and Phil Currie's comparisons with modern predators - such as the ruthless Komodo dragon - make this a compelling story."
Dr Philip J. Currie, Professor in Dinosaur Paleobiology, University of Alberta, added: "Tyrannosaurids are, without a doubt, the most fearsome predators that ever walked the Earth and, I believe, were far more complex and more dangerous that we ever could have imagined. I believe these tyrannosaurids hunted in deadly, bloodthirsty packs. It is definitely time to rewrite the dinosaur books."
Dino Gangs is a co-production with Discovery Channel and FremantlMedia Enterprises. The two-hour special is executive produced by Anthony Geffen, CEO of Atlantic Productions and Producer of the BAFTA-nominated Flying Monsters 3D with David Attenborough which was recently released in IMAX and digital 3D cinemas. Dino Gangs was produced by Martin Pupp, while Tim Conrad was the Writer and Edit Producer. Specialist visual effects studio ZOO created the CGI.
A major book, Dino Gangs, written by best-selling author Josh Young will be published by Harper Collins on May 26.
(KMcA)
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